Borussia Dortmund used home field as an advantage to pull itself out of the Bundesliga basement, while Bayern Munich continued its winning ways and several teams kept Germany’s top-flight a high-scoring league on Friday and Saturday.
USMNT fans will have to wait until Sunday to see if Julian Green and/or Timmy Chandler can star, though two other American internationals were involved in our first showdown of the the wrap.
Let’s get to the matches:
Borussia Dortmund 1-0 Hoffenheim
Ilkay Gundogan’s 17th minute goal lifted BVB off the bottom of the Bundesliga, as Dortmund leapt five places up the table with Friday’s much-needed home win against Hoffenheim. It was Gundogan’s first goal of the season in just his fifth appearance.
Bayern Munich 1-0 Bayer Leverkusen
Franck Ribery’s 51st minute goal gave Bayern the edge after a first-half found the visitors making a play for the points.
Borussia Monchengladbach 3-2 Hertha Berlin
A thriller at Borussia Park saw two American internationals on opposite ends of the pitch. Fabian Johnson came on as an 86th minute sub for the hosts, who led 3-1 at that point on goals from Tony Jantschke, Raffael and Thorgan Hazard. John Anthony Brooks was on the field for 90 minutes, but that also means he was on for a trio of goals.
Stuttgart 0-4 Schalke — Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting nets hat trick including 1st minute goal.
FC Koln 1-2 Augsburg — Visitors erase early deficit to move into a surprising third.
Paderborn 1-1 Freiburg — Elias Kachunga saves a point for Freiburg at the death.
Hannover 1-3 Wolfsburg — Visitors with a five-point cushion on third place, 7 back of Bayern.
Hamburger SV vs. Mainz — 930am ET Sunday
Eintracht Frankfurt vs. Werder Bremen — 1130am ET Sunday
|FC Schalke 04||14||7||2||5||25||18||7||5-2-0||2-0-5||23|
|FSV Mainz 05||13||3||7||3||16||18||-2||2-3-1||1-4-2||16|
|1. FC Köln||14||4||3||7||14||20||-6||1-2-4||3-1-3||15|
|Hertha BSC Berlin||14||4||2||8||19||26||-7||3-1-3||1-1-5||14|